The children of St Michael’s Church of England Primary School need your help!!
Our school is an inclusive, welcoming, creative, community school located in a residential area in Welling, Kent, with pupils coming from all sections of the local community. It feels like a village school in the middle of a housing estate, where everyone knows everyone and the little 4 year olds play with the big 11 year olds.
The school vision is to provide a high quality learning experience for all its pupils, so they can be the best they can in all aspects of their lives and enjoy themselves while doing so.
At the moment our playground is a blank canvas, with degraded and uneven ground surface, and no appropriate play equipment. We would like to develop our outdoor resources and make the playground a fun and stimulating environment, and more importantly a safe place for our children to enjoy.
The playground is used in a variety of ways, including the below:
- Playtime at break and lunch sessions every day
- Outdoor PE classes every day
- Running the St Michael’s mile every day (school initiated extra outdoor activity in addition to PE, where each class goes out three times a week to run a mile, or as far as they can, in 15 minutes)
- Grandparents’ tea party in the summer term (we invite grandparents of pupils to enjoy an afternoon of tea and scones in the sunshine)
- Inflatable day and summer fete in the summer term (bouncy castles and other fun things for the local community to enjoy at low cost)
- McMillan Coffee afternoon
Unfortunately at least once a day a child will trip over and injure themselves.
In recent years it hasn’t been safe to host the grandparents’ tea party outside on the playground due to the uneven surface, and the inflatable day has been hindered by the degradation of the ground.
We want this to change.
Research shows that there are many benefits to outdoor learning. It helps improve physical and mental health, encourages imaginative play while promoting the child's overall development and learning.
Who will benefit from the enhancement of the outdoor learning space:
• all 210 children who attend the Primary School
• all the grandparents of the children
• the local families and community who enjoy the inflatable day and summer fete, amongst other events
Unfortunately to date we have been unable to secure funding for this project, mainly due to budget cuts for things deemed to be non-essential spend.
In today's modern world, it is easy to become detached from the outside world. However, as a school we want to foster children's love of the outside environment and feel that with rejuvenation, the playground could provide our children with a safe space that inspires them, encouraging them to be physical and positively impacting on their wellbeing. The project would enable us to resurface the playground, making it a safer environment for all to use; purchase playground equipment that supports gross motor skills and encourages physical activity; provide shaded areas so the playground can be used in the height of the summer and make the area more aesthically pleasing and a place the children are proud of.
The Parent Teacher Association is truly a united group of lovely parents and amazing teachers with one common goal – to enhance and improve the children’s learning experience. This project is the largest undertaking of the PTA, and one that we know will benefit the children and their families.
The PTA have applied to the Aviva Community Fund to request £25,000, as this would allow us to fulfil the project requirements, which would greatly benefit the learning experiences of both current and future pupils.
We have also set up a crowd funding page as our application may not be successful.
With your help and donations we can make this possible